Species Details

Tarachidia tortricina

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SeasonalityIn Alberta adults have been collected from late May to mid August. IdentificationA very small (1.8-2.1 cm) narrow-winged dull grey, olive or yellow moth with few markings. The head, thorax and forewings are dull greenish grey to olive, immaculate in most Alberta specimens but with a small dark dot at the reniform and orbicular, and with a dark vertical mark indicating the lower part of a postmedian line in others. Fringe concolorous. Hindwings light to dark sooty brown with white fringes. Adults are variable in color, from dull yellow with fairly distinct mrkings to grey without any markings. One of the smallest noctuid moths, easily overlooked or mistaken for a species of microlepidoptera.

Scientific Name Tarachidia tortricina Habitat Dry wooded areas, grasslands and badlands. Seasonality In Alberta adults have been collected from late May to mid August. Identification
A very small (1.8-2.1 cm) narrow-winged dull grey, olive or yellow moth with few markings. The head, thorax and forewings are dull greenish grey to olive, immaculate in most Alberta specimens but with a small dark…
A very small (1.8-2.1 cm) narrow-winged dull grey, olive or yellow moth with few markings. The head, thorax and forewings are dull greenish grey to olive, immaculate in most Alberta specimens but with a small dark dot at the reniform and orbicular, and with a dark vertical mark indicating the lower part of a postmedian line in others. Fringe concolorous. Hindwings light to dark sooty brown with white fringes. Adults are variable in color, from dull yellow with fairly distinct mrkings to grey without any markings. One of the smallest noctuid moths, easily overlooked or mistaken for a species of microlepidoptera.
Life History Poorly known. The adults are nocturnal and come to light. The larvae have not been described and larval hosts are unknown. Conservation A widespread species, no concerns. Diet Info No Alberta data; elsewhere they have been associated with cultivated sunflowers (Helianthus sp.) Range Northern Ontario west to British Columbia, south to Texas. Widespread in southern Alberta, north to Edmonton and west to Calgary.

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"Species Details - Tarachidia tortricina, University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum." University of Alberta Museums Search Site, https://search.museums.ualberta.ca/g/2-3698. Accessed 18 May. 2024.

Authorship

Name Anweiler, G. G.
Role species page author
Date 2003-11-12

References

Specimen Information

There are 49 specimens of this Species.

49 results plotted on map in 26 markers.
Note: Only records with latitude and longitude coordinates are plotted on map.

UASM13792 - Tarachidia tortricina

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Lethbridge Collected ByBowman, K. Date Collected1925-07-16

UASM13794 - Tarachidia tortricina

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Drumheller Collected ByBowman, K. Date Collected1946-06-13

UASM13799 - Tarachidia tortricina

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Edmonton Collected ByBowman, K. Date Collected1923-08-18

UASM19981 - Tarachidia tortricina

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Dry Island Buffalo Jump Provincial Park Collected ByMengersen, E. Date Collected2001-06-20/2001-06-21

UASM57127 - Tarachidia tortricina

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, South Saskatchewan River Collected ByAnweiler, G. G. Date Collected2004-06-02

UASM57128 - Tarachidia tortricina

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, South Saskatchewan River Collected ByAnweiler, G. G. Date Collected2004-06-02

BIRD7356 - Tarachidia tortricina

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Brooks Collected ByBird, C. D. Date Collected2000-05-29

BIRD7357 - Tarachidia tortricina

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Brooks Collected ByBird, C. D. Date Collected2000-05-30

BIRD7358 - Tarachidia tortricina

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Stettler Collected ByBird, C. D. Date Collected2002-06-13

BIRD7359 - Tarachidia tortricina

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Dry Island Buffalo Jump Provincial Park Collected ByBird, C. D. Date Collected2002-06-27

BIRD7360 - Tarachidia tortricina

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Dry Island Buffalo Jump Provincial Park Collected ByBird, C. D. Date Collected2002-06-27

BIRD7361 - Tarachidia tortricina

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Dry Island Buffalo Jump Provincial Park Collected ByBird, C. D. Date Collected2002-06-27

BIRD7362 - Tarachidia tortricina

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Dry Island Buffalo Jump Provincial Park Collected ByBird, C. D. Date Collected2002-06-27

BIRD7363 - Tarachidia tortricina

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Stettler Collected ByBird, C. D. Date Collected2002-07-06

BIRD7364 - Tarachidia tortricina

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Dry Island Buffalo Jump Provincial Park Collected ByBird, C. D. Date Collected2002-08-09

BIRD7365 - Tarachidia tortricina

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Red Deer River Collected ByBird, C. D. Date Collected2002-08-09

BIRD7366 - Tarachidia tortricina

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Arrowwood Collected ByBird, C. D. Date Collected2003-06-27

BIRD7367 - Tarachidia tortricina

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Dry Island Buffalo Jump Provincial Park Collected ByBird, C. D. Date Collected2003-07-12

BIRD7368 - Tarachidia tortricina

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Dry Island Buffalo Jump Provincial Park Collected ByBird, C. D. Date Collected2003-07-12

BIRD7369 - Tarachidia tortricina

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Dry Island Buffalo Jump Provincial Park Collected ByBird, C. D. Date Collected2004-07-18

BIRD7370 - Tarachidia tortricina

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Dry Island Buffalo Jump Provincial Park Collected ByBird, C. D. Date Collected2004-07-18

Adult Seasonal Distribution